We have a fantastic full page feature in this seasons edition of the Biaza magazine (Page 20). It’s about the Clubhouse safari tent which we installed at the Yorkshire wildlife park and is well worth a read, check it out here! http://flipr.co/BIAZA/winter-2015/
Knowsley Safari park have ordered their first 6m x12m Clubhouse for use as a catering and viewing stop inside the animal park. It is being built on a high platform so people can have a panoramic view the animals. There will also be a smaller 6mx6m curved roof catering unit. The 6x12m clubhouse is being trialled with a view to adding two further units.
Richard Smith, Head of Visitor Attractions at Knowsley commented, “We selected Boldscan’s Clubhouse because it offered value for money, speed of construction and authenticity. The “out of Africa” design fitted perfectly with our Safari style.”
Albion Canvas Co developed the Clubhouse as an extension of their most popular Safari Tent. It is available in 6m, 9m and 12m spans to any length in 3m bays as standard, bespoke sizes are also available for example 8m span.
The concept grew out of talking to customers who wanted a unique design for festivals, weddings, cafes and bars, with a clear span structure, rather than traditional marquees with centre poles, but with a more rustic look.
More success for our Clubhouse!
We will have some very exciting news in the coming few weeks. With two new installations of our amazing Clubhouse safari tent, it’s a great start to the year for Boldscan. Stay tuned for more details
We recently put up our first Medieval style Bell tent! How awesome does this look?! We’ve had great feedback on them so far. They will eventually be available in different colours. If you have a design in mind then give us a call!
Congratulations to Dan Cragg from Bristol Zoo! He recently won a fantastic weekend away at Longlands Camping! An amazing place to stay, check it out here - www.longlandsdevon.co.uk
Albion Canvas have been commissioned to make some bespoke tents for the upcoming film; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This should prove to be a very interesting project with some big names involved, including Game of Thrones stars Lena Heady and Charles Dance, as well as Dr Who himself - Matt Smith. We are really excited to be a part of this film and can’t wait to see the end result!
A brand new place to stay! Two of our Tsavos can now be seen at www.alittlebitofrough.co.uk – A fantastic site situated approximately 3 miles from the historic market town of Uppingham in the heart of rural Rutland.
We have installed a new canopy at Bruton art gallery. This was featured on the telly;
Great news!! We have recently become a member of the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums to offer those members great business opportunities.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park has erected a Clubhouse, made by Albion Canvas Co in their Somerset factory, to provide a flexible food court during the peak season and host corporate and function business during the rest of year.
Read more here on the Hospitality and Catering News website.
Now available from Albion Canvas Half Moon Mats.
The Semi-circular premium S3M4 Anjengo quality Half Moon Coir Mats are edged with double stitched natural coloured cotton, along a circular edge with a cut out for the central pole.
Due to coir's natural durability the mats provide not only an aesthetically pleasing layer to your camping experience, but also provides an excellent barrier between you and the ground through their insulating quality. Sold in pairs, they are ideal for Bell tents, Yurts and Geodesic domes.
Available in the following sizes.
- 3 meter mats - £125.88
- 4 meter mats - £211.68
- 5 meter mats - £297.68
- 6 meter mats - £512.00
- 7 meter mats - £628.00
Prices are exclusive of VAT & Carriage
Listed below are the shows where Albion Canvas will be this year in 2014 in the United Kingdom for you to see us in person.
|Badminton Horse Trials||7th – 11th May
|Devon County Show – Exeter
||22nd – 24th May||www.devoncountyshow.co.uk|
|Royal Bath and West Show
||28th May – 31st May||www.bathandwest.co.uk|
||18th – 19st June||www.lincs-events.co.uk|
|Great Yorkshire Show||8th – 10th July||www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk
|Honiton Show||7th August||www.honitonshow.co.uk|
Albion Canvas were very please to be featured in the review of the Business and Farming Innovation show late last year brought to you by Lets Talk Business. You can see our involvement here - http://www.letstalkbusinessonline.com/ltb/?s=albion+canvas
If you have any questions relating to the use of our canvas structures for business diversification or glamping business set-up please don't hesitate to get in touch. We have a wealth of knowledge in this area.
Geodome will be exhitbited at the Farm Business Innovation Show at Olympian on the 28th – 29th of November 2013.
Torrential rain and winds during the build-up did not dampen Boldscan’s spirits. The new offerings for hire and purchase included The Clubhouse, Skyshades, printed carpets and themed linings were well received.
Steve Hansford Managing Director stated new products always bring excitement, we met many new potential clients and in the few days after the show we are negotiating for over £100k of brand new business with existing customers stating ‘Boldscan have really lifted their game’!
We are look forward to the 2014 season.
We are pleased to announce the lucky winner of the free ‘Glamping’ weekend in the Tsavo.
Julia Brewer of Mirage Parties can choose a weekend of glamping at one of the following sites:
Longlands, Exmoor, Devon – www.longlandsdevon.co.uk
Toms Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight – www.tomsecolodge.com
Mill Farm, Wilshire – www.millfarmglamping.co.uk
Cuckoo Down Farm, Devon – www.luxurydevonyurts.co.uk
Dernwood Farm, Sussex – www.dernwoodfarm.co.uk
Cedar Valley, Hampshire – www.cedarvalley.co.uk
The Dandelion Hideaway, Nuneaton – www.thedanelionhideaway.co.uk
The Wood Life, Devon – www.thewoodlife.org
Canopy & Stars – www.canopyandstars.co.uk
See www.boldscan.co.uk home page for terms and conditions for the lucky winner.
We will be offering another free weekend at the Farm Business Innovation Show at Olympian on the 28th – 29th of November 2013. Our stand number is F550 where we will be exhibiting our Geodomes.
Albion tents are about having fun, fun, and fun.
For 2014 we will be offering a medieval twist to our existing range. We now have available to use in the same high quality canvas a range of nine colours – sand, khaki, natural, white, mecca orange, burgundy, chocolate, brown, navy, French navy and imperial blue and the PVC flysheets are available in a rainbow of colours.
These British made tents are made from a high quality 12oz (approximately 450gram) polyester / cotton mix canvas which is treated and dyed in the UK for the very latest mould and mildew repellents, is fire retardant to all European standards and has a very high waterproof standard.
PVC flysheets are made from a 700gsm material and again meet all European standards.
With the introduction of our new Dye Sublimation printer we can offer themed linings – just tell us what you are imagining and let us do the rest.
Enjoy the extra profit and have fun and relax when you buy an Albion Tent – you are buying the very best.
Have a look at our PDFs:
The Dandelion Hideaway ….here we are featured in today’s Guardian, a beautiful article, a wonderfully evocative piece and super mentions of our visitor attractions in the immediate area.
We are delighted to announce that Longlands in Coombe Martin have just confirmed their order for two more Tsavo’s. To view this site click on www.longlandsdevon.co.uk
The lodges will be delivered in early December and fitted out to a high specification with Loven 8 wood burning ranges, kitchens and en-suite bathroom pods.
Bella at Longlands offers a range of facilities – a boating lake, honesty shop and great homemade meals that can be ordered if you feel like just putting your feet up!!
Albion Canvas are pleased to announce two new distributors firstly –
Tel: (916) 381 3325
Adam will be looking after our product distribution on the West Coast of the USA
who will be looking after Portugal for us.
These appointments are further steps forward as we move into export markets
Albion Canvas are attending the Romsey show on the 14th of September. Come and see us!
Albion Canvas has made the strategic decision to return to manufacturing these great tents.
Having stopped making Bell Tents some three years ago due to the high influx of cheap imported tents, we have returned to the market offering a top quality range of tents.
This decision was driven by customers - who are fed up with poor quality imported tents – and have contacted us with this requirement.
For the very best in high quality, British made tents, call Albion Canvas on 01823 653034.
We are now on facebook. Please click the link below to 'Like' our page and receive updates on how we are doing.
Albion Canvas is pleased to announce that two of its Tsavo safari lodges are being supplied to Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon.
The lodges will be offering holiday accommodation and support to families with disabled children.
Albion Canvas are pleased to announce our new distributor for Eastern Europe – Rents based near Prague in the Czech Republic will offer the full range of safari tents and you can visit them to see the Tsavo at their premises.
For full information and prices please contact Monkia –
e-mail address: email@example.com
web site: www.rents.cz
It is the first time at the show and will give an excellent opportunity to view the lodge.
Web site: www.newburyshowground.co.uk
It is the first time at the show and will give an excellent opportunity to view the lodge.
Web site: www.gillshaftshow.co.uk
We are pleased to announce an order for five of our Clubhouse structures for delivery to Dubai in July. The continued interest in our structures from overseas is both gratifying and exciting for the Company.
Steve Hansford – Managing Director says "the Albion Canvas division of Boldscan Limited was a major investment some three years ago and the range of structures we now offer makes us a major player in this market place".
Our first tents have been shipped to Bronte NSW Australia. The three festy tents are to be used at
Green Shoe Farm, Bronte
These initial exports are of great excitement to the Company as we expand into all sorts of new markets and the tents are having a worldwide appeal.Read More
A great video from Toms Eco Logde - providing Luxury Eco Accommodation on the Isle of Wight
Our Tsavo's are shown in a great light. Please watch
The Amboseli has been designed as small Safari style tent to sleep up to 5 in two bedrooms, with a front living area.
It is a true pole tent with a separate green PCV flysheet and complete canvas inner tent. This means the tent stays warm in the colder weather and cooler in the warm weather. The inner tent is completely protected by the flysheet extending its life and giving you the option for 12 months use.
Available in 3 colours, sand, off white or olive green, although the standard colours are olive green flysheet with sand inner tent. All the canvas is proofed to British and European standards for water resistance rot inhibition and fire retardants.
The front ‘flying canopy’ is a separate section so it will spill strong incoming winds, but has been designed so that it won’t ‘flutter’ on the back edge when wind passes through.
The frame is traditional redwood sectioned poles tensioned out using simple webbing and cam lock guys and steel marquee stakes, making the whole structure extremely strong and weather resistant. The poles are finished in an exterior grade 2 part environmentally friendly coating for maximum life.
Following the success of a first Tsavo Safari Lodge in 2012 the second has just been delivered.
John and Becky have plans to have a total of five on this lovely site in Devon.
Its great location makes it an ideal base to explore the Devon and Dorset coast and countryside.
Albion Canvas are pleased to announce a major order from Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey, founded by Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell, OBE a naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter. He founded what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo (now renamed Durrell Wildlife) on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1958, but is perhaps best remembered for writing a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast. He was the youngest brother of the novelist Lawrence Durrell. Durrell founded the Jersey Zoological Park in 1958 to house his growing collection of animals. The site for the zoo, a 16th century manor house, Les Augres Manor, came to Durrell's notice by chance after a long and unsuccessful search for a suitable site. Durrell leased the manor and set up his zoo on the redesigned manor grounds. In the same year, Durrell undertook another, more successful expedition to South America to collect endangered species. The zoo was opened to the public in 1959 on the 26th of March.
The zoo is located at Les Augrès Manor, Trinity, Jersey, 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Saint Helier.
The zoo is situated in 31 acres (130,000 m2) of landscaped parkland and water-gardens. It has a strong commitment to looking after the Island’s native wildlife, and large areas within the grounds have been designated native habitat areas. The extensive planting of flowering and fruiting trees throughout the grounds also serves to attract a plethora of wild birds and insects. Included in the former are several species of bird which used to be commonly seen in Island gardens but have become increasingly scarce, including the house sparrow and song thrush.
There are over 50 nest-boxes positioned around the grounds, which are used by a variety of birds including barn owls, kestrels, swallows and martins. Other animals which are commonly seen within the grounds are the red squirrel, bank vole, and the short-toed tree creeper, which is not found in the UK.
Initially there will be 12 Ecopod sites (2 suitable for disabled visitors) enabling you to stay at this extraordinary venue and Safari style club house opening in June 2012.
Attached are visuals for you to look at.
For further information please contact www.durrell.org
Albion Canvas have designed a new wind deflecting nose canopy to fit on all of its Tsavo designs. It adds extra comfort during inclement weather and is ideal if you wish to use your Tsavo all year round or if you are in a particularly windy/exposed location. Price £675Read More
For cool, fun, contemporary living, the new Geodesic Domes at Perren Sands, manufactured in the UK by Albion Canvas, blend into the landscape whilst the large clear panels afford stunning views of the parkland. Inside the living is easy, with three interconnecting domes offering flexible living space. The largest dome measures 5.5m and the two smaller ones measure 3m, providing ample space for sofas and beds and a blank canvas for budding interior designers.
Domes are made and finished to the highest standards using a strong aluminium frame, with stress points having double and triple reinforcement where necessary and all seams sewn with a French seam for strength and superior water exclusion. The canvas is a 393gsm (12oz) cotton canvas, treated with a water repellent, rot inhibitor and fire retardant as standard.
Albion will be exhibiting at the Devon County Show – 17th – 19th May 2012 with their Tsavo safari lodge.
It is the first time at the show and will give an excellent opportunity to view the lodge.
Next door to our stand will be Crealy Great Adventure Parks they are exhibiting at the show in the new Club House. It will be a 9m x 9m version offering the first opportunity to see the Club House.
Devon County Show is a fantastic show held at Westpoint near Exeter and this year there is the rare opportunity to see the ‘Canadian Mounties’ here in the UK.
The Glamping (glamorous camping) trend continues to grow and is proving a lucrative option for farmers looking to diversify. Whether they have a small farm or a large estate, there may be space in a paddock or woodland for one or even several safari style canvas lodges.
Last Summer Halfords conducted a study which revealed that 50 per cent of families planned to camp, hot on the heels of the trend to Staycation, rather than go abroad. People seem to have rediscovered the joys of a UK holiday spent outdoors, as long as they have their home comforts, along with a chance to swap the high tech life for a simpler one.
Amanda Norman, moved away from the 120 acre East Sussex family farm, specialising in rare breeds, in her early twenties to work in IT in London. By the time she was married with two children, her parents were looking to retire. They needed to sell Dernwood Farm to realise capital so they invited Amanda and Tim to buy into the business in order to save the farm. Amanda tried to find ways to improve profitability. “We tried farmer’s markets, adopting a piglet and would have showcased wooden play structures (but the council did not give permission) before finally hitting on camping four years ago. This has been a huge success and we were thrilled to be voted one of the top 10 campsites by the camper’s luxury guidebook – Cool Camping.”
Dernwood Farm now offers a camping to Glamping experience to suit everyone. Initially starting with “wild camping” which simply required the pitches (and a shovel), which is still proving very popular. The following year they added the bell tent, which had been used for her sister’s honeymoon, to the website and got a great response. Two more bell tents with wood burning stoves, eco showers and loos were added last year. Now the first luxury safari style lodge from Albion Canvas is on order and will be ready for Spring – half of August is already booked. Albion will set up the three bedroom lodge, including installing the wood burning stove with cooker, in an 8 acre sunny glade.
Getting planning permission included commissioning a general biodiversity survey. Dernwood Farm has 70 acres of ancient coppiced woodland, which in addition to providing an idyllic setting for the camping, has also helped with planning permission. The forestry commission woodland management plan concluded that rotating the position of the tents will help to reintroduce the traditional coppicing that started in the 1600’s to fuel the iron ore industry there.
Amanda would like to have applied for a grant, but found the process was going to delay the launch, so pressed ahead by leasing one safari style tent over three years through Green Technologies, adding an extra £3,000 to the capital outlay. Fuelled by the success of the first lodge, she hopes to get a grant to add two more of these luxury lodges next year. She hopes that she will be able to manage the change overs with just some part time help in high season. By installing some excellent software (her previous career in IT coming in useful), bookings are no longer labour intensive and the 50% deposit has helped with cash flow. Whilst Glamping sites were keen to have Dernwood on their sites, Amanda preferred to keep complete control over bookings and not give away hefty commissions.
In Hampshire, Jack Tyrwhitt-Drake runs Cedar Valley Glamping on the family’s 2,500 acre Bereleigh estate in the South Downs National Park. After one successful season with just one tent, he has ordered three more. The safari style lodges will be located in 5 acres of woodland with stunning views of sunsets. To date guests have included corporate clients, plus hen and stag parties, attracted by the outdoor activities including the estate’s own shoot. Jack shares the work load with his mother. With the additional tents there will be twenty-four bed changes per week. To make this more economical, he plans to convert an old stable into a laundry so that it can be done on site.
Both Glamping sites have chosen tents which are handmade by Albion Canvas, creators of luxury tented lodges and geodesic domes, in their factory in Wellington, Somerset. The uniquely designed range of Safari-style tents have a central pole, a separate PVC outer flysheet and a complete canvas inner tent, which gives good thermal insulation in hot and cold weather, as well as sound proofing, making it useable all year round – even in the Alps, to where they recently fulfilled their first export order.
The Grand Tsavo, the largest of Albion’s five models, has interior space of 11.8 metres x 5 metres, which can be laid out in a number of ways to create separate rooms for living, sleeping and bathing, plus an outside deck of 2 metres. All models are designed to take a wood burning stove. New for 2012 is the Zambesi, based on a traditional African “Rondavel” with an acrylic canvas roof, canvas walls, 3 opening windows and a solid external door and frame and fabric internal roof lining.
In addition to supplying the lodges, Albion can also erect and fully equip them, with locally made wood burning stoves, kitchens, bathrooms and furnishings. Prices start from approximately £18,000 for the tent, installation, internal fixtures and fittings including the kitchen, wood burning stove and furniture (excluding bathroom fittings), or around £22,000 including the bathroom.
Orders take approximately four to six weeks to fulfil.
Albion Canvas Company, Unit 4, Tonedale Business Park, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0AW
Tel +44 (0) 1823 665849
Fax +44 (0) 1823 665850
For further press information please contact:
Tina Morgan Media Relations
023 92 826922
We have just installed our first Satara in Switzerland, high in the Alps at Crans Montana.
This specially reinforced version with heavier poles and the same anchorage system as the large Tsavo lodges is the first of its kind, designed to take on the more challenging climate conditions.
It was supplied through our distributor based in Belgium – ‘Where’s the Moose’ – www.wheresthemoose.be and the customer is looking to take delivery of a Tsavo in the New Year.
Boldscan secured this unique commission from Olympic contractor Lee Warren. The Company is known for manufacturing of marquees and engineered fabrics and incorporates Albion Canvas – creators of luxury tented lodges and geodesic domes. The pods all have vital functions to perform throughout the games, from housing camera, projection and lighting equipment to providing launch platforms, shelter and resting places for the aerial acrobats taking part in the opening and closing ceremonies.
Boldscan Managing Director – Steve Hansford said of the commission
“We were really honoured to take on this job, contractors Lee Warren created the steel structures and our PVC skins provide the ideal hard wearing and weatherproof covering for the pods. Form meets function as the end product is unobtrusive and adds an element of style to the overall design of the stadium. It’s good to know we are doing our bit to make London 2012 a success for the UK”.
The frames for all 18 pods will be craned into position later this month and bolted into place enabling the Boldscan outer skins to be added. The project is expected to be completed by the end of November. On completion the pods will be accessible by ladders with heavier equipment craned into position.
The Dandelion Hideaway has a great new movie on their website at thedandelionhideaway.co.uk. Please visit there site. You can see our Tsavo's in the movie, click the image below to open up the movie page -
For further information on the Tsavo please get in touch.
Having just returned from Kenya in the last few days, it was a stark reality check from my previous visits. Arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and being met by Duncan, driving in Nairobi the trees were full of Marabou storks, talking to Duncan he explained due to the draught in the country these fabulous birds were coming into the city to scavenge food.
This was a real problem, due to the numbers and only the day before I’d arrived the airport was closed for two hours because the storks had invaded the airport and were a danger to the aircraft.
Flying a couple of days later to Mombasa in a small aircraft it was very apparent to me the scale of the drought and the problems these areas of Africa are suffering.
In Mombasa I visited a number of factories, just to tell you about two –
Likoni Quality Furniture Factory is a project run by the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (A.P.D.K) and working with Albert Mutua Project Manager. We are currently developing a partnership to supply furniture and support this project here in the UK for further information see www.apaklimofurniture.org
Akamba Handicraft Industry Cooperative Society offers a range of wooden handicrafts; this community of over 5000 people work together to their mutual benefit, again Albion Canvas is looking to work with them, to supply their art in the UK see www.akambahandicraftcoop.com for further information.
Taking a little time off over the weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Tsavo reserve. The name given to our lodge, click here if you are interested to see some photo’s taken on this excursion.
Tsavo Safari Lodge
We will be exhibiting at the Midland Game Fair on the Countryside Alliance stand.
Please come and see our stylish and fun lodge – ideal for luxury camping, hunting lodges and bunk houses.
We look forward to meeting you.Read More
Cedar Valley is the latest exciting venue to enjoy luxury camping in the Tsavo Safari tents.
This beautiful site based close to the historic city of Worcester offers a great experience for all the family.
Visit www.cedarvalley.co.ukRead More
Boldscan have just installed six large Kizaki Sky Shades at the county ground Taunton.
The new range of sky shades offer venues, and the indidual a bespoke service in design and flexibility, see http://www.kizaki.co.uk/ for more details.
Ideal Home Show Scotland
27 May – 30th May 2011
Ideal Home Show Scotland makes a welcome return to Glasgow's SECC, with a brand new team and show format. From 27th-30th May 2011, the award-winning show brings together more than 400 exhibitors with an ideal mix of brand names, international and Scotland-based retailers to offer a unique one-stop shopping experience across all areas of the home.
From interiors to home improvement, gardens to gadgets, the show will be packed with home solutions, show discounts, entertainment, celebrity guest appearances and of course the iconic show houses. A great day out for all the family!
||On the Door
|Concession (Over 60)
|Child (Under 15)
Groups (10+ adults)
|Discounted Rate||Discounted Rate|
-For all ticket enquiries and bookings call 0844 894 2010-
Please note - a £1.99 transaction fee applies to each booking.
*Children under 15 do require a ticket which should be requested at the time of booking. Must be accompanied by a paying adult (max. 2 children per adult paid ticket).
Albion Canvas is pleased to announce the introduction of our latest service to garden designers, architects and home owners.
Thanks to the latest technology we can not only design and create a bespoke sun shade for your home, school or workplace we can produce accurate 3D models positioned digitally on the earths surface to the correct latitude and longitude. In effect this means we can accurately plot the movement of the sun at any time of the year and check your shade for maximum benefit.
They are designed to give you maximum benefit during the summer months when you are most likely to be enjoying your outside living.
We are showing some designs from multilayer multi colour, interlocking sky sails to more fixed patio shades, this is only limited by your imagination and our design team bringing your ideas to life.
Steve Hansford Boldscan’s Managing Director is pleased to announce the purchase of a new computerised cutting table. This major investment in high tech machinery is only the latest stage following the expansion of the manufacturing premises to over 14,000 square foot in 2009.
Steve commented this 70k investment will help to improve quality across the range of products.
Since the Albion Canvas merger in November 2010 and the development of our range of Tsavo and Satara lodges it became apparent very quickly this was the way forward for us.Read More
Albion Canvas are pleased to announce the delivery of the first Grand Tsavo.
Delivered the first week in January 2011 with a further four on order for delivery at the end of February 2011 to Osbaston House Farm – www.osbastonhousefarm.co.uk.
John and Sharon Earp will be pleased to welcome enquiries for what they describe as Vintage Farm ‘Glamping’ with oodles of fun.
Telephone number: 01455 291291
Albion Canvas are pleased to announce the appointment of:
Where’s The Moose
19 Rue des Ecoles
B – 1476 Houtain Le Val
Contact name: Anne Potemans
Telephone number: 00 32 (0) 67331 361
As our distributor for the Tsavo and the Satara range of tents in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Luxembourg
We welcome all oversea’s enquiries and if you are looking for new business opportunities and would be interested in becoming a distributor for these exciting new structures, please contact Alan on + 44 (0) 1823 653034 – www.albioncanvas.co.uk.
The Albion Website has gone under a much needed face lift.....woooo hoooo. We hope this makes our products a little easier and clearer to find. It's been designed that way. Have a nose around and if you have any comments on the site please let us know. If you have any questions on our products or if you are after finding out about our special builds and capabilities, please dont hesitiate in giving us a bell. Ask for Alan or John on 01823 653034 and we'd be happy to give you the low down.